An investigation conducted by The Washington Post discovered an additional 27 women who claim they were sexually harassed by former CBS host Charlie Rose and reports management knew about his behavior for decades.
“Incidents of sexual misconduct by Charlie Rose were far more numerous than previously known,” the article reads. “According to a new investigation by The Washington Post, which also found three occasions over a period of 30 years in which CBS managers were warned of his conduct toward women at the network.”
The 27 women are composed of 14 CBS News employees and 13 others who worked with Rose at other networks, according to WaPo. Concerns were raised about Rose in as early as 1986. He was initially accused of sexual harassment by eight different women back in November 2017 and was fired from CBS shortly after. His PBS program was also cancelled.
CBS News executives were reportedly panicking over the expose for weeks and attempted to persuade employees to sign non-disclosure agreements to limit the damage to the network.
“Your story is unfair and inaccurate,” Rose wrote in an email to WaPo. The investigation was based on interviews conducted over a period of five months with more than 100 CBS employees and “two dozen others who worked with Rose at other television programs.”
“The new allegations against Rose date to 1976,” the story reads. “When, according to a former research assistant, he exposed his penis and touched her breasts in the NBC News Washington bureau where they worked.”
“This other personality would come through, and the groping would happen,” a former NBC research assistant, Joana Matthias, told WaPo.
CBS News issued a statement in response to the WaPo expose:
Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work,” the statement said. “Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior.
That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.
Rose also allegedly once brought along a 20-year-old intern from his PBS show to California for a “60 Minutes II” assignment in 2003, WaPo reported.
“You’re not just working for a show, you’re working for Charlie, period,” former intern Corrina Collins told WaPo. Collins claims Rose tried to ply her with wine and began to “paw” at her. She said she eventually threw up in the plane’s bathroom from the alcohol.
She said Rose continued to persist during the car ride from the airport to the hotel and “squeezed her breast.” “It felt predatory,” she added. “I had already said no, but he was going to persist.”
Ken Goldberg, an attorney representing three of the accusers, sent Rose and CBS a letter detailing the accusations. Goldberg claimed Rose subjected his victims to “repeated physical and verbal sexual harassment.”
“Management, numerous broadcasters and studio staff witnessed Mr. Rose’s unlawful conduct, and complaints were made,” Goldberg wrote. He said they “failed and refused to take any remedial action and that conduct continued unabated.”
Goldberg said his clients plan to take Rose to court in a matter of days, according to WaPo.
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